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xs2man

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    Donald
  • Ford Model
    Focus
  • Ford Year
    2015
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Angus

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  1. So, thanks again to this thread. It helped me with creating and updating my Nav SD card when I got my Focus a couple of years ago. And now, because of this, I have the latest maps whenever I find the latest download, without having to go buy a new card every year or so. So thanks. But also, my Father in Law just bought a mk3.5 Focus too. And because of this thread, I didn't need to ask him to look specifically for one with Nav. This morning I went through the steps, updated to 3.10 etc. and got it all up and running on his Focus now too. With the latest F9 maps. So that is exc
  2. xs2man

    tyres

    I had some firestones on a car YEARS ago. I was a lot younger then, and didn't know much about tyre differences. I do know that while attempting an overtake with these on, the car in front attempted to run into the side of me, I tapped the brakes, 2 of the tyres started to slip, put me in a spin, and wrote the car off. I have never used them again. Nor will I ever use them again. They are maybe better now, but I'm quite sure there are much better tyres out there than these.
  3. I have heard, from people on another car make forum, that the Brembo stuff you get from ECP and CP4L are different from the "usual" Brembo stuff. I would not buy Brembo from them, as your experience shows.
  4. Is it? That's all I get out of my 2015 1.5 TDI TiTX.
  5. xs2man

    tyres

    Yes, I am also glad someone else can see the RS3's for what they really are. Also agree with the P6000's. I had them on a car years ago, and changed them for P7's, which were only a little better IMO. There are, for sure, some exceptions to the "get what you pay for" idea when it comes to tyres. But I have found that, in general, if you can stick to Goodyear, Michelin or Continental, you are pretty safe. I only really dislike the wear rate on the Continental tyres I have bought, so rarely are considered. As I said on my first post, I have tried many budget, and mid-range tyres. My f
  6. xs2man

    tyres

    No no no. I wasn't meaning to "have a dig" or anything. Just giving my opinion based on my experience. And obviously, not every kind of tyre can be found in every size. But I generally find that the smaller the tyre, the smaller the cost to go for an actual good tyre is. Obviously though, if that's all you can afford, then that's fine. But I know when it comes to my family's safety, and my own, there are other areas of my life where I'd rather scrimp and save the money than the only contact area between the car they are travelling in and the road. The argument about the Pors
  7. xs2man

    tyres

    Eeek. All these cheap tyres makes me nervous, lol. I buy a reasonable of cars (and sell obviously), so have had various different cheaper tyres on many of the cars I've bought, and have been skint sometimes too, so have tried cheaper tyres in the past. So have a reasonable amount of experience with different tyres of all budgets. Here are my thoughts. Autogrip / Landsail / Arrowspeed and whatever other ditchfinder super-budget tyres I get on a car are usually ditched at the earliest opportunity. To me, at least, they always feel dangerous in the wet, and rarely much cope in the d
  8. Sorry. Only just seen this. For some reason I wasn't notified of your reply / quote. I have been looking for the guide I used originally, but cannot find it. And it was now so long ago, I cannot remember the process. Sorry. I think there are guides available on sites such as gpspower or gps underground. Probably too late now. This is true. To some extent. They are cheap enough at around £20 a pop, and when I realised this after going through the process with the F7 maps, I was disappointed with myself to some extent (on the other hand, I like to get a bit geeky
  9. Oh yeah, don't care about tyres. Almost every set of alloys you see for sale has some sort of ditchfinder on it. Or even worse, them horrible Rainsport 3's that everyone seems to think are actually good. So I fully expect to have to put on decent tyres regardless of what I get. So that's not a problem. Just finding a set of wheels is the issue. As you say, my location doesn't help.
  10. See, I'm all up for buying a set of 18's. If I can find them. Even ebay doesn't seem to have much about. Nothing reasonably local on Gumtree, or on FB Marketplace. For some reason, I can get VAG fitment 5x112 all over the place, but fords 5x108 seems a LOT rarer. I can, admittedly, get the older style ST wheels easy enough though, but I much prefer the updated style, so not gonna waste my time with the older style. Do Mondeo wheels fit the mk3.5 Focus? Is it just an offset question? Or is the CB differences too?
  11. So, I picked up a mk3.5 Focus TitX a few weeks back. Really liking the car. Apart from one thing. The hugely expensive standard tyre size. 215/50/17 is a crazily expensive size. I was wondering what affect it would have to stick a set of 225/45/17 tyres on instead? Thats a much better priced tyre. So, Costco are doing a deal on Michelin tyres just now, so was thinking of going for a set of cross-climates, since winter is coming, and I do live in NE Scotland. I would usually run winter and summer wheels, where I'd stick winter tyres on the original wheels, and sum
  12. I too have done similar testing to nitten_traveller. I tested all the different fuel brands that were available reasonably close to me. So all the supermarkets (well, ASDA, Tesco, Morrisons), then the bigger "premium brands" (Shell, BP and Esso). I also tried "premium diesel" where it was available. And I tracked the average fuel economy over 4 tanks of each (as in 4 tanks of Tesco, then 4 tanks of Asda etc...). This was in my 530d that I had at the time, which I bought new, but performed the testing after 12 months, so around 15k miles on the engine, so it was run in to some degree. But
  13. I just used a Sandisk 64GB microSD that I picked up from amazon for around £11. Just stuck the F7 maps on it today. Seems to be working fine.
  14. So, this is my first foray into Ford ownership for something like 15 years away from the brand (I was hanging with Ze Germans). For the past 3 years or so, my family car was a Seat Alhambra (Ok, so the Spanish too. It's basically the same as a Galaxy though, right?). But, alas, it developed a catastrophic engine failure (oil pump), and so I was in need of a new(-ish), reliable, cheap(-ish) motor. So, cue the need to hire a car for a personal trip of over 1,000 miles one weekend, and low and behold, the hire company gave me a... Fiat Tipo. It was ok. But halfway in, when the wife
  15. So, it turns out I am a bit of an idiot, lol. For some reason known only to the numbskulls in my head, I thought I needed the serial number off the F5 card rather than off the microSD I was going to be using. So after several attempts of being a tube, I finally popped the new microSD in my phone and extracted the serial number. I then formatted to exFAT as there was that file that was going to be too big. So after that, popped all the files back on, with the first .key file generated from the microSD serial, tested in the car, and voila, F7 maps. £11 off amazon for the micro
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